March 28, 2016

March Favorites 2016

Warm and cozy was essentially the theme for this past month. March was pretty good.  I turned 24 and had a great birthday weekend with great people. But other than that, not much has happened and has been an "okay" month.  I have consumed more red wine this past month. Not sure how that happened...


I was really trying for a no-buy in March since IMATS is coming up but, these products kinda slipped in. Here are my top 8 for the month of March. 

Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Palette: I'm considering this a March Favorite even though I've only used it for the past 4 days. Considering it came out around my birthday, it smells like peanut butter chocolate, and it's limited edition, I had to treat myself (treat yo self - Parks and Rec fans anyone?) The shadows are incredible and match with Too Faced's notoriety. It has the pigmentation and the shadows blend perfectly together without it looking "muddy". Plus the added peanut butter chocolate smell is just divine. Surprisingly, I actually loved the "Jelly" color more than I thought. It adds a great pop of color to the lower lash line. Overall, I love Too Faced in general but I love that they create these "dessert like" palettes for people, like myself, who are obsessed with food and perfected palettes with outstanding shadow performance. Well done Too Faced. 

e.l.f matte lip pencil in Praline: I have 2 lip colors that I've been going for this past month. This is 
for the matte, browny nude, color that has been on trend. I love how subtle this comes out on the lips but gives a little hint of the brown color. I find that these aren't too drying for a matte lipstick, but if you do feel that you need a little extra added moisture, I find that the burt's bees chapsticks work pretty well (been using up my pumpkin spice because again, food related smells are just what get me), Added bonus, this is $3 (why I love e.l.f as possibly my favorite drugstore brand) Definitely intrigued to try the other variety of colors they have.

swatches: left to right- fresh sugar balm in honey, e.l.f matte lip color in praline

fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Honey: (this is from the Bare Beauties duo set):  this is my lighter peach color but still has some brown undertone to it. I got this in a duo set which is essentially cheaper since you're buying 2 different colors for the price of one. It worked out so well because I torn between these 2 nude shades since I wanted to get one and appreciate so much that they put it in a limited edition duo set. These will be smaller deluxe sizes however I think these sample sets are worth it if you definitely want to treat your lips but also have a bit of tint. Sometimes it's just easier to only maintain a chapstick on certain days and this is when this comes in handy.

e.l.f Eyebrow pencil in neutral brown: I realized the importance of "having eyebrows" to a makeup look. Luckily, I don't need too much filling in with my eyebrows but if I ever do need it just to pull the whole look together, I will bring this out. This is perfect for those that don't need too much filling in and is forgiving when doing light strokes. This isn't going to be as thin as most eyebrow pencils but isn't so big that you can't fill it in. I wouldn't say this is ideal for shaping but instead best for those that just need a little fill in to define them just a bit. Also, it's $2....of course you can take my money.

Urban Decay Primer Potion: I have not tried the anti-aging one enough to give a full review, but the primer potion itself, my god. I can see why this has a huge cult following. I originally got a sample at Sephora since I never tried it. Your shadows will not move. Ever. I have slept with my shadows on my face (bad move on my part) and the color and placement of the shadows were still there in the morning. I was impressed and I kinda got addicted to this formulation. I know I lot of different brands make similar formulations to this one but I did stock up at Nordstorm Rack for the smaller travel size tubes for around $5 since the dofa applicator replaced the old packaging. Still even for the travel size, I think that's a great deal since you only need a little bit so I'm all set for the next couple of months.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Light Neutral: Another Urban Decay product yes, but this is worth mentioning. If you need serious covered for something that's going to stay on all day and is lightweight but looks natural, this is your concealer. I was a little iffy about this since the price tag just didn't seem reasonable for a concealer (again I suggest to wait until Sephora as their Beauty Insider sale probably around April). However, I'm impress with how little you have to use to get full and spread out covered which makes me consider that it's worth the money. If you have the chance to try this or get a sample, definitely give it a shot.

Bdellium tools Pink Bambu 944 Tapered Contour Brush: This brush I got last year from IMATS and haven't started using it until now. First for starters, The people at the Bdellium booth we're so nice and helpful with all of the products. Just for their customer service alone, I would go back. They had such a wide variety of brushes for already affordable brushes that we're also eco-friendly. To keep it short and sweet, this has become my favorite brush for finely milled highlighters. It picks up enough product but not too much and applies a glow that looks perfected. I've had no problems with shedding or a lose handle when I washed it (always hang it upside down since this is a bamboo handle and you don't want water getting into it). It's definitely a brand to check out if you're looking for new brushes that won't break the bank but still maintain a high quality. 

Maybelline Super Sizer Mascara: I finally understand. This is an addicting mascara. This is, as many people have said, holy grail mascara. This makes voluminous, false looking, lashes and I can't believe it's from the drugstore. This is the perfect layering mascara especially for those mascaras that just need that "extra help". It stays put for the whole day that the only down side to it is that it can be difficult to take off at the end of the night (*whips out the coconut oil*) Excellent product that I hope Maybelline will continue to keep in there collection. Definitely look out to get this on sale (when CVS or Walgreens does BOGO 50% off)  or maybe using one of Ulta's $3.50 off $10 coupons.

8 products overall for my first favorites post. Too much? 

How was March for you? And what we're some of your favorites from this past month? ♥


  1. First of all, Happy Belated Birthday!

    And second, I LOVE PARKS & REC! I'm glad you got to treat yo self!

    I just started getting into Too Faced and their PB&J palette looks so adorable. Honestly, I'm not sure if I'm digging their packaging or their shades more in this one!

    I adore Urban Decay's Primer Potion. I have no idea how I went without it previously for so long. I thought creased shadows after a few hours was just something I had to deal with.

    1. ahh yay another parks and rec fan! And thank you! Yes this palette is just perfection. I think it's limited edition so that also tempted me to buy it.